Orlando Bloom Gets Modest About Those Nude Paddleboarding Photos: It Was ‘An Optical Illusion’

Orlando Bloom is playing coy about those viral nude paddleboarding photos from three years ago.

While promoting his new series “Carnival Row”, Bloom stopped by “The Howard Stern Show” when he was asked about those pics of his nether regions emerged, causing a storm online.

The snapshots showed a bareback Bloom while on vacation with now-fiancee Katy Perry in Sardinia.

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“It is really not that big. Things are extended on cameras with a big telescopic lens. That was an optical illusion,” he said referring to the fan reaction.

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Bloom later recalled the phone call from his publicist, letting him know the pics were leaked.

“The publicist called to say, ‘That is not the worst of it. First of all, there were pictures with a block over it.’ And you make some jokes like, ‘Have you got a black box big enough to cover it?’ And then you suddenly realize somebody is going to uncover the black box because they are going to be paid enough.”

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He added, “It’s a triple whammy – photos, black box, then no black box.”

After host Howard Stern tried to get Bloom to continue, the “Pirates Of The Caribean” actor cut him off.

“Honestly, can we get off this subject?” he said before teasing. “I do get my butt out in ‘Carnival Row’.”

“Carnival Row” is streaming now on Amazon Prime.

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